Farm Life

A Whole New Decade


Happy New Year! I hope your year is full of sunshine and love and everything your little heart desires.  I’m not sure about you guys, but I am so happy to get started on some of the projects for the year ahead. I’ve been scheming and listing and trying to figure out what is actually feasible for us to accomplish this winter. And here’s what I’ve come up with:

It’s hard for me to prioritize when there are so many things we want to accomplish around here. Repaint inside the house, design the outdoor kitchen, get the barn quilt painted and ready, move the floral design area – I could keep going, but don’t want to bore you. What I’m most excited about is getting our little farm store up and running, and that’s what we are starting with this month. 

Our goal has always been to have people out to our farm. When we started selling at farmer’s markets a few years ago, the question most asked of us – aside from “Is this local honey?” is “Can we come to your farm?” And we’ve always said – “Not yet, but someday!” And now someday is on the horizon. 

We won’t be selling at Boxed and Burlap this year, as they will no longer have their Friday Farmer’s Market. Rumor has it that Williams Bay will be hosting the farm market on Friday’s, down at Edgewater Park – I don’t know if that’s actually going to happen. BUT we will be selling here at our place, on weekends. We are still deciding on days and times. Oh and what will we be selling? Eggs, honey, cut flowers, Anthony’s watercolors, beeswax candles, veggies and herbs from the garden AND a few more things that are – shall we say – still in development. 

This is the part of the barn where we want to set up shop. These are definitely rough “before” photos, but it’s a perfect little room with LOTS of potential. 

This is some of the inspiration that’s getting us excited to get out the sledgehammers. 


Wish us luck as we get started on another project over here. We can’t wait to share our farm with all of you. 


6 comments on “A Whole New Decade”

  1. I have no doubt that all in the future will be a success. I can’t wait to experience the “store”.
    Love you both so much.

  2. I absolutely love seeing your videos with your cats, cows, chickens and all the going’s-on at your farm. I’m in Schaumburg, IL, by Woodfield Mall, but was raised on a farm in Elkhorn….Dorothy Papenfus was my Aunt and Herb is my Uncle. Seeing your posts remind me so much of our controlled chaos we experienced on our farm. Anyway, I’m going to make it a point to stop by and bring my mom with…she was a florist at Sentry Foods for many years. A lot of things have changed in Elkhorn….but farming and getting back to basics seems to prevail.

    1. Lorree, I’m so glad that you are following along! My very best friend in the world lives in Elk Grove- I know right where you are!
      We were so upset when Dorothy passed and we just love Herbie and the rest of the Papenfus clan – they have always treated us like family.
      We would love to see you and your Mom here. You should come in the Summer when the flowers are in full bloom! Again, thanks for following along with us.

  3. Wow it sounds amazing! Can’t wait to follow the progress & see the final project. Good luck???

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